A sales deal with Stanwell Corporation has opened the way for construction to kick off next year on the $1.5 billion Clarke Creek wind farm.
Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the project was expected to create 350 jobs.
Partners Lacour Energy and Goldwind are behind the planned wind farm, to be built about 150 km north-west of Rockhampton near Marlborough.
They have sealed an agreement to sell nearly 75 per cent of the energy generated to Stanwell Corporation.
Goldwind Australia managing director John Titchen said Clarke Creek wind farm would be one of Queensland’s largest grid-connected wind farms.
“The 450MW first stage of the project will comprise 101 wind turbines; enough to power the equivalent of approximately 320,000 Queensland homes. Stage two will provide a further 400 MW,” he said.
“The site has predominantly night-time wind which means the wind farm will complement Queensland’s high level of solar production during the day.”
Construction of the two-stage project is expected to commence in 2021, with energy to flow into the grid from 2023.
Assistant Education Minister and Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said the jobs and renewable energy would be welcome in CQ.
“This project means 350 construction jobs once work starts next year, and up to 15 full time operational jobs once Clarke Creek is generating,” she said.
“Our region already has one of the most efficient and economic coal-fired power stations in Australia, at Stanwell, as well as renewable energy projects in the central west.
“With the government’s new renewable energy zone initiative for Central Queensland, Clarke Creek could be the forerunner of more new renewable energy projects and jobs.”
State and Federal approvals to construct and operate the wind farm are in place.
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